When God calls you, he doesn’t necessarily give you a blueprint.
If you are a pastor who uses social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram) in any way to reach your congregation or to spread the Gospel, it’s time to take things up a notch. Regardless of your platform (online or live), you must use this role effectively with one purpose and focus = Jesus.
I lead Persistent Faith Ministries, a worldwide ministry that takes the message of the Cross beyond church walls to the nations. Currently, we serve 20 nations and we continue to push forth. Our primary purpose is to deliver God’s message of hope in the face of adversities and difficulties. The testimonies of how God is using this ministry to touch people’s lives daily thousands of miles away have come in and keep coming in Jesus name.
When you minister online, or share a word or two, you are dealing with real souls, human beings with issues, lots of questions that need answers. Just because you use social media to share the Gospel doesn’t mean that you should be complacent or take it lightly. God still holds you to a high standard and you have to be ready in and out of season.
Virtually or physically, these are real people, real problems, matters of life and death who need help. They need answers. They need comfort.
To use social media or any online medium to teach and preach the Gospel is a lot of work, but it is good work. Ask the Lord to give you a word for His people daily.
When the Lord called me in 2003, He instructed me to take His message to the nations, gatherings and wherever the people are.
I pondered how I was going to do that. Would I promote myself and ask other men and women of God to invite me to deliver His messages? To me, it was a strange situation. Then I wrote a book and another book.
Fast forward a few years, then the Lord told me to do something I’d never done before concerning ministry. I knew it was “Facebook” but I just didn’t like the whole concept of Facebook especially with its privacy issues and everybody knowing your business.
However, when God instructs you, He doesn’t necessarily give you a blueprint, so I went ahead anyway and started the Persistent Faith Facebook page. Today it is a 46,000+ people from all over the world.
When I began posting messages on Facebook and interacting with people across different backgrounds, I wasn’t sure of how I was going to do it or if people would even respond. All I knew was that God had given me messages for His people and I had to deliver them daily.
So, dear Pastor, at the end of the day, the reason why you should be serious about social media is because of your love for God’s people and how you want to see them get saved.
Yes, you want to grow your audience. You want to build your platform. You want to draw a following but remember Matthew 6:33 and why we should seek first His kingdom and everything else will be added. Keep Christ in your social media campaigns. Preach Jesus and you can’t go wrong.
Question: Are you using social media to grow your virtual or live congregation or spread the Gospel?
PS. If you haven’t started using social media or the Internet as a platform to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations of the earth, it’s time to start. Everything you need is at your fingertips. If you need help and not sure what to do, contact me.
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Belinda is a Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Consultant, Corporate Trainer (leadership, culture, diversity and inclusion, cyber privacy and security awareness), Writer, and International Speaker with a unique blend of law and technology. She is a digital entrepreneur, author, ordained pastor, mentor to women ready to impact their generation and host of Destiny Chats podcast. For consultation, click here and invitation to speak, click here